Mounting a TV

Mounting a TV









Let’s say that you have a new large screen flat panel and you want to place it on a wall with one of those tv mounts instead of the tv stand, what should you do first? If you can find a wall across a room from your furniture for veiwing, your on your way. Now try to determine how high the bottom of the screen should be and place a tic mark there. Measure the height of the screen and place a tic mark on the wall at that distance from the bottom. Now float a stud finder left and right until you find the paralell studs and place a pencil tic mark there. Measure the width of the screen and try to center the stud tic marks in that width. Stand back across room and decide if the screen placement fits your room design as far as layout and proximity to cabinet or shelves below. Get a low profile mount that works for the size TV you just bought. Put the brackets on and measure the height of the point of where the bracket and mount touch the wall mount down to bottom of screen, match that to wall marks and you now have a location to place the cross bar on the mount. Drill the correct hole size with a cordless drill into the stud making sure holes are level. Mount with lag bolts. Erase tic marks still showing. Now cut a hole at top and bottom to pull power and signal cables through using a hand saw. Pull Romex and an HDMI cable(s) to cut out and hang out of wall about 2 feet or more. Cutenough romex to connect a “power kit” to plug flat screen into behind the screen and a cord for connecting power to a surge protector in the cabinet. Place flat screen on wall after you connect HDMI to input on back. Plug in to “power kit” power outlet. Connect HDMI cable(s) at bottom. You are done mounting a TV. Just power up the TV and sources like a cable box or blu ray player .You’re ready to watch your wall mounted TV.

If this all sounds too simple, it’s not. Contact us for a professional quote and installation today.

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Flat Panel TV Sounds Better over Larger Speakers

All flat panels built today come with speakers. If you look closely you might even see them hidden across the bottom or on the back somewhere. If they fit in such a small space, that must mean they are just as small or smaller. My custom installed speakers in my Bedroom and Family Room are as large as 6 1/2″ and 8″ respectively. Compare that to 1 1/2″ speakers on a new flat panel TV.

I bet many of you have a stereo or Audio Video Receiver connected to a pair of speakers in close proximity to your TV. If you turn that TV around, or look behind it if its on a wall, you will find an audio out plug(s) . There are usually two kinds. One we call  an  analog out and you see a red and white surface inside the jack or port. If you have a newer TV it may have a digital out, also optical where after you plug in one end to the TV you will see a red light comng out the other end. If you have both an analog and a digital/optical input on your Stereo or Audio Video Receiver, you are good. Just find a good pair of analog cables, or at a minimum a red, white and yellow composite cable. Unfortunately, many times I find that there is a conflict between the newer TV which is normally a digital output not matching an older receiver that accepts analog only. Fortunately you are not completely out of luck if that is the case. I have a found a digital to analog converter that makes the signal acceptable to the receiver. The sound is still clear and since you are playing them over larger speakers amplified with a receiver, the depth and clarity is much better than any flat panel speakers short of the 16 speaker array like you find on some Mitsubishi televisions. So while your still wishing for the great audio that comes with Dolby HTS Digital Master soundtracks over a new 7.1 Surround Sound System with full spectrum from low to high spread out in a systematic grid, get a couple of good bookshelf speakers and hook them up to that stereo sitting by your TV. You will enjoy your watching and listening better. May want to get a Universal or program the remote that came with the receiver to control TV and input sources too.

Outdoor Audio is Better than Ever

Act One carries several types of outdoor audio systems. There are your typical outdoor speakers you have seen everywhere that hang on the wall. These are not a good option and can be very cost effective. Rock speakers can blend into the landscaping and provide some nice acoustics when you add a rock sub. These are more difficult to wire, so that usually means they will end up costing more.Then you have the landscape audio systems. These are very high end and can spread the sound out evenly over a very large area. The best I have ever experienced are the Sonance Landscape speakers. These speakers look like small garden spot lights and blend easily into a tree or landscaping. There is also an underground sub that is just area filling and musical. If you have a great yard and enjoy being in it, then why not add sound like the highest quality homes do to complete your audio dreams. If you would like a free consultation on what it would take to add an outdoor audio system to home please call us at 214-212-9071.

Build a Quality Home Theater for Less

Act One primarily focuses on two things. We believe it is possible to be the best while also providing value. We install the best home theater systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We have great home theater packages with true discounts that allow for you to get some of the better products in the industry for less. We offer in wall systems as well as on wall solutions. We can hang a TV or a new Projector and screen.We can even expand your system in giving you clear upgrade paths in both audio and video. We do the some amazing custom work and theme rooms and can help you design the room of your dreams. Please contact us today for all your home electronics, media room and home theater needs.

Hide Wires

If you use speakers that are built into the walls or ceiling, it will look better than on wall speakers. You still need to cut a hole in your drywall and run speaker wires through your wall, but you end up with a nice clean look.

You can also paint the grill the same color as the wall or ceiling. Since most manufacturers speakers are the same size, you can upgrade the speakers down the road. Using wall or in ceiling may reduce your room’s sound proofing. You can’t quite aim the entire speaker in the direction you’d like, but some have a tweeter that is directional. Sound quailty will vary, check the sensitvty rating for any speakers you are thinking about buying.

Design a Home Theater

A good Home Theater design process will require you to decide how big your screen will be and whether you’ll have a front “projector” or a fairly large TV. The size of screen will matter so that you can determine where your first row of seating will be. Each screen size has an optimal viewing distance. If you start with a smaller screen but plan to get a bigger one later, take that into account when designing your seating

locations. You’ll need the flexibility to move your seating backwards as the screen gets larger.


During the planning stage its best to draw out your designs or get room design software that gives you the fast flexibility to make changes and see them three dimensionally. First measure your room and draw out the basic frame. You’d be best served by drawing everything to scale. If you are just dreaming about screen sizes and don’t actually own one, then get the dimensions off the internet from Vutec and use those in your drawing. Do the same thing with any furniture you intend to use. If you are getting all new pieces then you can get those dimensions off the Cinema Tech website to at least get an average measurement. Plug these numbers into your plan-o-gram and start playing with the room arrangement. Don’t forget about the optimal viewing distance from your screen! You don’t want to be so close your eyes burn or too far back to see it. Often the company website for your dream TV or projector will list that perfect seating distance. This distance will also be a factor in speaker location as you’ll want that first row of seating to get the optimal sound from all speakers.


Every home theater has one perfect sound location, all others can hear it but tend to have one sound range higher or lower than another. You want an almost equal distance from each speaker location, but audio adjustments can be made to make up for an odd shape or size.